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Paul Hughes joined the BBC in 1999 and is Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and of the BBC Singers. A graduate of Trinity College of Music where he studied piano, composition and conducting, Paul Hughes came to the BBC following a number of key roles with The Academy of Ancient Music (General Manager), IMG Artists, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Chief Executive) and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra (General Manager). Paul Hughes is a regular juror for international competitions including the inaugural Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition (2007), the Long Thibaud Crespin piano and violin competitions (2014 and 2015), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2018 and 2021), Concurso Frechilla Zuloaga 2021, the Hastings International Piano Competition (2022) and the Fitelberg International Conducting Competition. In August 2021 Paul Hughes took part in the Fiskars. Summer Academy, mentoring 12 young conductors from around the world.

Heribert Germeshausen placed his artistic directorship at the Dortmund Opera (since 2018) under the motto “Ruhr-Oper 21”: The development of a prototype of the opera institution for the diverse urban society of the 21st century. With this in mind, he founded Germany's first Bürger- Oper (Citizen´s Opera) with its own composer in residence, as well as a specifically casted ensemble for Youth and Children Opera. He also sets a special focus on outreach festivals, participatory formats and the newly developed, interdisciplinary symposium “Wagner-Kosmos”. Heribert Germeshausen is a regular jury member at important competitions (including the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, RING Award, Daegu International Opera Awards, singing competition for baroque opera Pietro Antonio Cesti of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music).

Mark Sattler was born in Kassel in 1964 and lives in Munich and Lucerne. After studying musicology and philosophy, he was Manfred Eicher's production assistant at ECM Records in Munich. Since 1999 he has worked as dramaturge for the contemporary section at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. In intensive collaboration with composers and performers, he has supervised over 250 works commissioned by the festival.

Julia Spinola was born in Munich and grew up in Brussels. She studied musicology, linguistics, philosophy and sociology in Cologne and Frankfurt am Main as a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. In 2000, she joined the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as music editor and was head of the music department there from 2008 to 2013. Since then, she has written as a freelance critic, primarily for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Deutschlandfunk. Numerous jury activities, including for the music section of the Villa Massimo in Rome (chair), the "Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana" and the German Conductors' Competition. In 2005, Henschel-Verlag published "Die großen Dirigenten unserer Zeit," and in 2017 "Herbert Blomstedt: Mission Musik."

American composer Julia Wolfe is on faculty at The Steinhardt School at New York University. She has written a major body of work for strings, from quartets to full orchestra. Her music has been heard at venues throughout the world and has been recorded on Argo, Cantaloupe Music, Decca Gold, Point/Universal, Sony Classical, and Teldec. In addition to receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2015, Wolfe was a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, received the 2015 Herb Alpert Award in Music, and was named Musical America's 2019 Composer of the Year. Julia Wolfe has been appointed Carnegie Hall’s 2021-2022 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair, a residency position endowed since 1995 to introduce audiences to a range of music, reflecting the selected composer’s artistic points of view, inspirations, and influences.

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